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2018 Judicial Elections

cook county judicial elections

On November 6, 2018, you once again will have the opportunity to vote in a general election. On the ballot this year are several judicial offices. The judicial evaluation process is an in depth and impartial assessment of each judicial candidate.

Cook County Judicial Elections

In Cook County, here is the process that is followed.

  • First, each candidate is asked to file a detailed disclosure form of approximately 20 pages.
  • Then an investigator is assigned to each candidate, who contacts random people listed and not listed on the candidate’s disclosure form and gathers information about the candidate’s background, legal knowledge and skills, integrity, and demeanor.
  • Next a panel of 10 to 15 lawyers review the disclosure form, the investigator’s report, and conduct an in person interview of each judicial candidate.
  • From being involved in this process, I can tell you that the candidates, investigators, and panelists take this process seriously.
  • The panel then makes a recommendation.

As you can see from the recommendations, not all judicial candidates are considered qualified to hold the important office of judge.

Please take this opportunity to access the judicial evaluations available from the Illinois State Bar Association, and use them to cast an informed ballot for your/our judges in this upcoming judicial election on November 6, 2018.  Thank you.

Additionally, if you or anyone you know needs to contact a personal injury lawyer, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today for a free consultation!

March 20, 2018 Judicial Primary Election

Please take this opportunity to access the judicial evaluations available from the Illinois State Bar Association. Use them to cast an informed ballot for your/our judges in this upcoming judicial primary election on March 20, 2018. The ISBA breaks up the ratings by county.

The ISBA rates judicial candidates based on detailed information supplied by candidates, a background check by trained lawyers/investigators, and interviews of each candidate. Ratings reflect the ISBA’s opinion of whether candidates have the necessary qualifications for judicial service. The ratings are not a reflection of the candidates’ abilities as lawyers.
Candidates who do not participate in the evaluation process are found “Not Recommended.”

For Cook County, the ISBA also provides narratives for each candidate so that you can better know about a judicial candidate.

Also, remember not to take voting selfies with your Illinois ballot!

If you or anyone you know needs to contact a personal injury lawyer, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today for a free consultation.

Senate Confirms Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch

On Friday, April 7th, after more than thirty hours of debate, the Senate confirmed Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, with a final tally of 54-45 in favor of confirmation, who is now the 113th justice of the Supreme Court. For over a year, the Supreme Court has only had eight justices because of a political battle over who was going to sit on the bench. President Donald Trump appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch after committing to appointing a conservative to the bench after Justice Scalia died last February. The new justice may serve for over three decades.

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2016 Illinois Judicial Elections

The judicial evaluation process is an in depth and impartial assessment of each judicial candidate.  In Cook County, here is the process that is followed.

  • ElectionFirst, each candidate is asked to file a detailed disclosure form of approximately 20 pages.
  • Then an investigator is assigned to each candidate, who contacts random people listed and not listed on the candidate’s disclosure form and gathers information about the candidate’s background, legal knowledge and skills, integrity, and demeanor.
  • Next a panel of 10 to 15 lawyers review the disclosure form, the investigator’s report, and conduct an in person interview of each judicial candidate.
  • From being involved in this process, I can tell you that the candidates, investigators, and panelists take this process seriously.
  • The panel then makes a recommendation.

As you can see from the recommendations, not all judicial candidates are considered qualified to hold the important office of judge.

Please take this opportunity to access the judicial evaluations available from the Illinois State Bar Association, and use them to cast an informed ballot for your/our judges in this upcoming judicial election on November 8, 2016.  Thank you.

Remember not to take voting selfies with your Illinois ballot!

Additionally, if you or anyone you know needs to contact a personal injury lawyer, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today for a free consultation!

Illinois Judicial Elections

Your Vote Counts – For Judges Too!

Fact – Judges in Illinois are elected by the public in judicial elections on the ballot with the President, Congresspeople, and state representatives.

Problem – Many voters lack information about judicial candidates.

Solution – Use judicial evaluations conducted by Bar Associations as a reliable source of information in the judicial elections on March 18, 2014 to help you choose qualified judges. [Read more…]

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